3 killed in Maharashtra factory fire

A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC killing three and injuring five workers. Reuters

The blast, prima facie is suspected to have occurred in a boiler room and efforts were on to douse the fire in the factory precincts.

The impact of the boiler blast was felt in the villages around 8 kms vicinity, he said. Rescue operations were mounted with the evacuation of people inside the buildings being given priority. Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adria, and Alok Nath are identified among dead.

Police officer Manjunath Shinge says the bodies were recovered early Friday hours after the fire started at the factory in Palghar district in Maharashtra estate. They were admitted to various hospitals, another senior police official said. "The fire has come down, but few areas are still burning". These chemicals deal in high purity acid and acid anhydrides.

There are chemical drums inside these companies, due to which the fire is spreading, he said. As per reports by NDTV, Prachi Ltd is an iodine salt manufacturer, while Aarti Drugs manufactures vitamins and antibiotics.

As per reports, the factory manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives. The explosion caused a major fire to break out. At least three others are critical and undergoing treatment.

Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, meanwhile, said the owners of the unit will likely be booked for negligence. Tarapur MIDC was the most important, as there are around 1,100 chemical units which store hazardous and flammable chemicals here.

Nearby houses shook and window panes were shattered. The injured were hospitalized.

The collector added that aid was asked for controlling the fire from Vasai-Virar Municipal corporation, Tarapur Atomic Plant and Reliance thermal power station.

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